One very unique Peak District village has people flocking to it for gems and garlands

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The Peak District National Park is a walkers’ paradise, and the village referred to as Pechesers, literally translated as Peaks Arse, in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book is one of its walking centres. Castleton is surrounded by three steep hills and is overlooked by Peveril Castle.

Whether hiking up or going down to explore its show caves, Castleton offers plenty of things to do for visitors.

The village’s four underground show caves are some of the highlights of the area.

Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Peak Cavern all offer something different.

Blue John Cavern is home to eight of the 14 types of Blue John stone, only known as Derbyshire Spar.

Castleton is the only place in the world where the stone can be found.

Treak Cliff Cavern is the second cavern where visitors can see Blue John.

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Speedwell Cavern takes visitors through an underground canal.

Boats journey through the old lead mine, with one of the highlights the Bottomless Pit, an underground lake.

Peak Cavern, or the Devil’s Arse, has the largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles.

The cavern is also famous for being the home of rope-makers.

Castleton’s underground attractions may be world-famous, but there are also many things to do above ground.

Peakshole Water starts in Peak Cavern and makes its way through the village, adding to the picturesque beauty of the village’s setting.

Mam Tor, also known as the “Shivering Mountain”, has an Iron Age fort near its summit.

Climbing Mam Tor is a popular activity for visitors to Castleton, and the hike provides plenty of rewards with one of the most dramatic views in the Peak from its summit.

The ruins of Peveril Castle are steeped in history.

Established after the Norman conquest of 1066, the castle takes the name of William Peveril, who some believe was the illegitimate some of William the Conqueror.

Going up to the castle offers some fantastic views of the area.

On Tripadvisor, TeamWard said: “The view from the top is epic and the Keep and outer wall well worth a wander around, enjoy the view of Mam Tor.”

A visit to Castleton would not be complete without a look at Winnats Pass.

Gaurav S said: “What a view. Stunning views from the bottom or from the top or from the car park. Even in the Car while driving. This is something that is a must in Peak District.”

Vicki Elizabeth simply wrote: “Breath-taking.”

Back in the village of Castleton, another atttraction is the annual festival of Garland Day , or Oak Apple Day.

Taking place on every year on May 29, the festival is unique to Castleton.

Each year, a “Garland King” leads a procession through the village on horseback.

He’s covered in a heavy, bell-shaped garland down to his waist and accompanied by his “Lady”.
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